Department of Civil Engineering



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Full time PhD Scholarship under Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) - University of Peradeniya (UOP) - Joint PhD Programme

Scholarship :
TITLE: High-Performance Concrete in Marine Applications: Sustainability & Durability Aspect

(30/11/2021)

Students from the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya won two 2nd prize awards for the undergraduate research projects given below at the Sri Lankan Geotechnical Society (SLGS) inter-university Project day competition held on 27/10/2021


UG Project 1

Project title: Pavement Degradation Model for Road Infrastructure in Sri Lanka
UG students: Meghasooriya M.M.N.T. (E/15/225) and Jayarathna K.M.N.M. (E/15/144)
Supervisor: Dr. S.K. Navaratnarajah



UG Project 2

Project title: Prediction of Geotechnical Properties of Stabilized Soil Using Fly Ash Based Stabilizer Systems
UG students: Nimesha K.M.D. (E/15/240) and Nissanka N.A.N.M. (E/15/244)
Supervisor: Dr. M.C.M. Nasvi



(27/10/2021)

A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Necessity of Consistent Simplified Models and Automated Model Construction for Large Seismic Simulations" by Dr. J.A.S.C.Jayasinghe will be held on 26th October 2021, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.


(13/10/2021)

Top Ranked Sri Lankan Scientist in Civil Engineering AD scientific index 2021

Prof. Shameen Jinadasa has been ranked as the top scientist in the Civil Engineering field by the Sri Lanka- AD scientific index 2021. Furthermore he has been awarded the University of Peradeniya Research Excellence award and the Fulbright Advanced research and lecturing award by the United State โ€“ Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission (2021- 2022).


Top Ranked Sri Lankan Scientist in Civil Engineering AD scientific index 2021, Prof. Shameen Jinadasa

(19/08/2021)

First lady Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering

Nadeeshani Nayanayakkara designated as the First Lady Professor of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya, becoming the Second Lady Professor of the Faculty of Engineering during its 70 years of existence. The Department is delightful about her triumph.


First lady Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya

(12/08/2021)

Vacancies for the Post of Temporary Instructors

Applications are called for the post of Temporary Instructors of the Department of Civil Engineering.

Please fill the Application form and upload the Curriculum Vitae, Grade Report, and a photocopy of the National Identity Card on or before Friday, 27th August 2021.

(09/08/2021)

CES Annual Seminar 2021

The most awaited event is happening soon!! CES annual seminar on โ€œChallenges in Structural Engineeringโ€. We welcome everyone, who is enthusiastic about Structural Engineering to join us. Save the date!!


(25/07/2021)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Effect of Ocean Bathymetry on Coastal Impact of Tsunami in Sri Lanka" by Prof. J. J. Wijetunge will be held on 04th August 2021, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.



(23/07/2021)


Faculty Research Awards 2018/2020 to SIX of members - Department of Civil Engineering

On July 14, 2021, the Faculty Board conferred the Distinguished Achievements of the following six Members and the Honors of the Department of Civil Engineering.


Prof. (Mrs) K.G.N.Nanayakkara

Dr. K K Wijesundara

Dr. T K K Chamindu Deepagoda

Dr. C S Bandara

Dr. M C M Nasvi

Dr. S.K. Navaratnarajah


(20/07/2021)


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A talk on, "Recommendation of Long Term Steel Bridge Performance for Quality Infrastructures" By, Eng. Akira Takaue JFE Engineering Corporation, Tokyo, Japan


(15/06/2021)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Use of Recycled Rubber in the Construction of Rail Tracks" by Dr. S. K. Navaratnarajah will be held on 02nd June 2021, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.



(26/05/2021)


The President's Awards for Scientific Research 2018 was held on 6th April 2021

The President's Awards for Scientific Research 2018 was held on 6th April 2021 as a virtual event. The following members of the department of civil engineering received the award in the virtual ceremony.


Dr. S.K. Navaratnarajah

Dr. H. A. D. Samith Buddika

Dr. K. K. Wijesundara

Dr. S.K. Navaratnarajah for the Journal article "Influence of Under Sleeper Pads on Ballast Behavior Under Cyclic Loading: Experimental and Numerical Studies" published at the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering by American Society of Civil Engineers - ASCE (https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001954)

Dr. H. A. D. Samith Buddika for the Journal article "Seismic Shear Forces in Post-Tensioned Hybrid Precast Concrete Walls" published at the Journal of Structural Engineering by American Society of Civil Engineers - ASCE (https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0002079)

Dr. K. K. Wijesundara for the Journal article "Evaluation of the seismic performance of suspended zipper column concentrically braced steel frames" published at the Journal of Constructional Steel Research (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcsr.2018.09.003)


(29/04/2021)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Fatigue Damage Assessment of Structures" by Dr. Chaminda S. Bandara will be held on 28th April 2021, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.


(13/04/2021)

SD & CC AWARD - 2020

The paper published in the Engineer: Journal of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka on the title of "Correlation among Index Properties, Strength and Compressibility Parameters of Peat Soils in Muthurajawela Region of Sri Lanka" authored by Eng. T. Chenthan and Eng. (Miss.) S. Sharuja co-authored by Eng (Dr.). M.C.M. Nasvi has been selected for the SD&CC award - 2020.


Dr. M.C.M. Nasvi

Eng. T. Chenthan

Eng. (Miss.) S. Sharuja

Receiving the SD&CC Award - 2020 from Eng. Col. (Rtd). Nissanka N. Wijeratne, Secretary General/CEO, Chamber of Construction Industry of Sri Lanka for the best paper by an Associate Member in the Journal "Engineer" at the inauguration of the 114th Annual Session of the IESL.


(11/04/2021)


A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Weather Forecasting and Their Engineering Applications" by Dr. Panduka Neluwala will be held on 31st March 2021, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.


(25/03/2021)

Recognition of Prof. S.B.S. Abeyakoon as a Fellow of the Nationa Academy of Science, Sri Lanka

Prof. S.B.S. Abayakoon was awarded as a Fellow of the National Academy of Science, Sri Lanka (NASSL). Prof. Abayakoon is the third member from the Faculty who was admitted to this prestigious Academy, after Prof. M. Amaratunga and Prof. M.P. Ranaweera.


Fellow of the National Academy of Science, Sri Lanka (NASSL). Prof. SBS Abayakoon

(08/03/2021)

A Research Seminar on "Geopolymers and Some of Their Applications" by Dr. M.C.M. Nasvi will be held on 24th February 2021, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at EOE Pereira Theatre, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya


(12/02/2021)

A Session on Mindfulness Practice as a tool to transfer to the new normal life with COVID 19




A Research Seminar on "Non-structural Cracking of Concrete : Causes and Mitigation" by Dr. H.D. Yapa

A Research seminar on "Non-structural Cracking of Concrete : Causes and Mitigation" by Dr. H.D. Yapa will be held on 27th January 2021, from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. at EOE Pereira Theatre, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya

Concrete is an exceptional construction material. It is strong/stiff in compression, durable, economical, etc., however, is weak in tension. Consequently, reinforcement is required wherever in structural regions with tensile stresses. Even with the use of reinforcement, total prevention of concrete cracking is hard to achieve, so generally the objective of the designer is to control of cracking. Undoubtedly, cracking is undesirables for concrete in terms of serviceability, durability, and aesthetic perspectives. The causes for triggering tensile stresses (and cracking) in concrete structures are not only of external loads, but also of numerous non-structural roots (e.g. shrinkage, creep, thermal expansion) owing to heterogeneous characteristics of concrete. It is however common that structural cracking is only taken seriously by the designer and consequently the structures suffer with numerous non-structural cracking issues. In this light, the talk discussesinto the main causesof non-structural cracking of concrete and into potential meansof mitigation.

Non-structural Cracking of Concrete : Causes and Mitigation

(13/01/2021)



The Winner of Access PLC Gold Medal 2020

The scientific paper titled "Finite Element Modelling of Damaged Dapped-end Beam Behaviour" authored by Eng. A.H.M.S.A. Abeysinghe and Dr. H.D. Yapa from the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya has been selected as the Best Paper published in the "Modulus" for the session 2020 by the Society of Structural Engineers Sri Lanka (SSESL) and has been awarded the Access PLC Gold Medal 2020


Dr. H.D. Yapa

Eng. A.H.M.S.A. Abeysinghe

(25/12/2020)


Best Paper presented at the Annual Sessions 2020

The paper "Nonlinear Numerical Simulation of the Seismic Response of the Kotmale Dam" authored by Eng. B H M M Herath Co-authored by Dr. K K Wijesundara, and Eng. A R M H B Amunugama presented at the Annual General Meeting held on 25th August 2020 has been selected as the Best Paper presented at the Annual Sessions 2020 from a three-staged evaluation Process and been entitled to the Raghu Chandrakeerty Gold Medal 2020


Dr. Kushan Kalmith Wijesundara

Eng. B H M M Herath

Eng. A R M H B Amunugama

(24/12/2020)


Joint first award by the Sri Lankan Geotechnical Society (SLGS)

The undergraduate research project on "Feasibility of Using Geopolymers to Stabilize Expansive Soil" carried out by S. Kanjana and S. Sajithithijan under the supervision of Dr. M.C.M Nasvi won the "Joint first award" at the Sri Lankan Geotechnical Society (SLGS) project day 2020 held on 23rd December 2020


Dr. M.C.M Nasvi

Ms. S. Kanjana

Mr. S. Sajithithijan

(24/12/2020)



A Research Seminar (ONLINE) on "Role of Water Engineers in CKDu Affected Areas: A Research Perspective" by Dr.(Mrs) K.G.N. Nanayakkara

A Research seminar (ONLINE) on "Role of Water Engineers in CKDu Affected Areas: A Research Perspective" by Dr.(Mrs) K.G.N. Nanayakkara will be held on 30th December 2020, from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm.

Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (CKDu) has been affecting Sri Lanka since 1990s and the affected area is ever increasing. The disease mainly affects the health of the people, but creates more socio-economic problems, leaving otherwise productive people helpless. Although the exact reason behind the disease is yet to be identified, the strongest hypothesis is the deteriorating quality of drinking water. The responsible organizations have been seeking for solutions and a substantial amount of research have been conducted in the country on CKDu. Providing good quality drinking water by using membrane-based treatment plants is one of the measures taken by various authorities. However, there are many issues related to the operation of such community based plants. In our research, we have monitored water treatment plants situated in CKDu affected areas for their performance and associated problems. Alternative water sources such as rainwater was also investigated. The people residing in areas fed by treated pipe-borne water supply also showing concerns in consuming treated water, making the situation even worse. The thorough investigation of the surface and groundwater sources, treatment plants and alternative water sources unveil new fundamental research ideas, leading to conducting basic research to provide better quality water. The presentation will cover the findings of applied and basic research, emphasizing the need of immediate research inputs from water engineers to ease the situation.

Role of Water Engineers in CKDu Affected Areas: A Research Perspective

(21/12/2020)


CES Talk on Introduction of New Kalani Bridge Project & Construction Techniques

CES Talk on Introduction of New Kalani Bridge Project & Construction Techniques by Eng. (Mrs) Darshika Jayasekera is scheduled for 27th November 2020 (Friday) from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM via ZOOM. Please find the attached poster herewith.


Live Zoom cast Details:
Time: November 27, 2020, 4-5 pm
Meeting link: https://learn.zoom.us/j/66414742826?pwd=WklQcExtdmJGT1N2czNkYWFZVGNmUT09
Meeting ID: 664 1474 2826
Passcode: e2y%xACR

(26/11/2020)


A Research Seminar on "Gas Migration in Differently-Characterized Porous Media: Applications on the Earth and Beyond" by Dr. Chamindu D.T.K.K.

A Research seminar on "Gas Migration in Differently-Characterized Porous Media: Applications on the Earth and Beyond" by Dr. Chamindu D.T.K.K. will be held on 25th November at EOE Pereira Theatre, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya

Accurate characterization of gas migration in soils and other porous systems is an important prerequisite to understand provisional (e.g., plant growth) and regulatory (e.g., public safety, climate change) services of different ecosystems. In this research seminar, experimental and numerical studies conducted in a wide range of soils including agricultural soil, pasture soils, landfills, urban soils, Arctic soils will be presented. An experimental and numerical insight on gas transport in selected porous substrates for space-based applications (for example to grow plants in Space Stations) will also be presented.

Applications on the Earth and Beyond

(14/11/2020)



Full time PhD Scholarship under Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) - University of Peradeniya(UOP) Split PhD Program

Full Time PhD Scholarship Opportunity Under RMIT-UOP Split PhD Programme:

Scholarship:
TITLE: Lightweight concrete materials for prefabricated modular construction

(04/11/2020)


Deadline of Application for Postgraduate Program 2021 Extended

  • Closing date extended until 13th November 2020.
  • Those who are unable to send applications via post due to the current prevailing situation, please do email your application along with required documents to pg.civil.pdn@gmail.com

(03/11/2020)



A Research Seminar on "Seismic Hazard Maps and Their Engineering Application" by Dr. K. K. Wijesundara

A Research seminar on "Seismic Hazard Maps and Their Engineering Application" by Dr. K. K. Wijesundara will be held on 28th October at EOE, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya

(18/10/2020)



Expert Committee Report on Assessment of the Vulnerability of Existing Buildings and Ongoing Constructions within Kandy City was handed over to the Hon. Governor of the Central Province on 12th October 2020

After the recent collapse of the building in Boowelikada, Kandy Hon. Governor of the Central Province Mr. Lalith U. Gamage appointed an expert committee to inspect and assess the vulnerability of existing buildings and ongoing constructions within Kandy city limit and to submit an independent technical report with recommendations. The expert committee submitted its report on 12th October 2020. The committee focused on 20 buildings during a short period of three weeks as they were found to be risky.


Among the members of the expert committee were Professor S.B.S. Abeykoon, Dr. L.C. Kurukulasuriya, Dr. S.K. Navaratnarajah, Dr. K.K. Wijesundara, and Dr. H.A.D. Samith Buddika representing the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya.

(12/10/2020)



Online Teaching During the Pandemic

Amidst the pandemic, the department is continuing the undergraduate and postgraduate academic activities using Faculty Learning Management System (FEeLS) and ZOOM video conferencing via LEARN from 12th October


(12/10/2020))



A Research Seminar on โ€œSaving Lakes - Case Study ; The Kandy Lakeโ€ by Prof. K.B.S.N Jinadasa

A Research seminar on โ€œSaving Lakes - Case Study ; The Kandy Lakeโ€ by Prof. K.B.S.N Jinadasa Prof. K.B.S.N Jinadasa was held on 30th September at Seminar room 1, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya

(30/09/2020)



Annual General Meeting of CES

Annual General Meeting of CES was held on 10th September 2020 at the CAD Lab at 4 pm -5 pm.

(06/07/2020)


Promotion of Dr. Shameen Jinadasa to the Post of Professor in Civil Engineering

Dr. Shameen Jinadasa was promoted to the post of Professor in Civil Engineering effective from April/2019.

(30/06/2020)


Quality Assurance Workshop

Quality Assurance Workshop for Academic Staff members of Department of Civil Engineering was held on 27th August 2020


(27/08/2020)



Poster Presentation of the Department of Civil Engineering

The annual poster presentation of the Department of Civil Engineering was held at the Faculty of Engineering on 20th August, 2020 with the participation of the departmentโ€™s academic staff and invited guests from the faculty as well as the Civil Engineering industry. The opening ceremony was held at the EOE Pereira Theater of the Faculty which also symbolized the launching of the proceedings of the undergraduate research symposium held in 2018. The event provided a valuable opportunity for the undergraduate students (E/14 batch) who shared the outcomes of their final-year research with the participants and received useful insights to direct their future research efforts towards industrial applications. This annual landmark event of the Department is co-organized by the Civil Engineering Society (CES) of the Department and is sponsored by the Tokyo Cement Group.


(20/08/2020)



Applications for 2021 intake of the Postgraduate Programme are now open


Post graduate programmes in Civil Engineering
  • Environmental and Water Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Highway and Traffic Engineering
  • Structure Engineering
  • Sustainable Built Environment

(15/08/2020)



Research grant from Erasmus+ for "CC WATER- Graduates for Climate Change adapted water management"

Prof. S.B. Weerakoon and the team received the research grant for CCWater the project from Erasmus+ which was submitted by Prof. Harsha Ratnaweera from NMBU as the Project Manager. The CCWater project addresses 'knowledge building' to address water scarcity and water management in 3 partner countries in Asia. It will strengthen the local capacities to cope with Climate Change adaptation through 3 universities from Sri Lanka, 3 from China, and 2 from Mongolia. 3 program countries, Norway, Germany and Poland, with 3 universities with broad and diverse experience in climate-resilient water management will build a knowledge-sharing partnership with the 8 universities in 3 partner countries.

The universities, as the key stakeholders preparing tomorrow's leaders, engineers, and scientists, have a key role to play when educating the graduates in the water sector. The participating units of the universities have teaching responsibilities related to water resources, water supply and wastewater management, which are the focus of the CCWater project.

The CC Water project aims to strengthen the water-related higher education in 3 partner countries to increase the resilience against climate change impacts. This is achieved by developing HEIโ€™s competences and skills with modern technology and teaching resources. The international collaboration, which is a unified strategic priority of all participating HEIs, will be strengthened together with improved gender and ethnic diversity and inclusion.

The main objectives is designed to achieve with five focus areas with five concrete results: (1) enhancing climate resilience and sustainability of water resources and infrastructures in the Partner Countries (2) modernising water related higher education with climate change issues and internationalise HEIs from the Partner Countries (3) improving the level of competences and skills in HEIs from the Partner Countries (4) strengthening relations of HEIs in the Partner Countries with the wider economic and social environment, and enhance their innovation capacity and (5) improving diversity and inclusion of higher education in the Partner Countries.

(05/08/2020)



Research grant from Asia Pacific Network (APN) to investigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Paddy Ecosystems

Dr. Chamindu Deepagoda awarded an international research grant from Asia Pacific Network (APN) to investigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Paddy Ecosystems. This is a project involving multiple countries (Sri Lanka, India, Philippines, Japan, New Zealand, Denmark, USA) which is planned to be a two-year project with overall research funding of 71,000 USD.

(01/08/2020)



Department of Civil Engineering